I had a great season. Skied my way into the top 20 in the world. I skied in my first World Cup races this season and had two finishes in the top ten. I also had two wins at races here in the US. Had a rough end to the season ended up falling at US Nationals in Aspen CO and knocked myself out. So had a disappointing end to a great season.
I am currently living at the Olympic Training Center in Co Springs CO. I am working with some of the best staff and athletes in the world to try and become an even better skier next season. We are off to Mt. Hood in Oregon for are first on snow camp of the summer. So back on snow soon. Thank You again for the donations, every little bit helps.
My name is Stephen Lawler. I was born in Burlington VT on August 6th, 1990. I was born with L2-5 Spina Bifida and use a wheelchair. I am a “monoskier”. I started skiing at the age of 7 and began ski racing at age 12. I was the first adaptive ski racer to represent Vermont in high school ski competitions and competed for several years with the Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports (VASS) ski team throughout middle and high school. After graduating high school I moved to Winter Park CO and started training with the National Sports Center for the Disabled (NSCD). This program is known as one of the biggest and best in the world. My first season was cut short due to a recurring shoulder injury. I came home for my second shoulder surgery in 2010. I rehabbed all summer and came back this past season with a new monoski and felt stronger than ever. I had a great year with the majority of my finishes being in the top ten, including two silver medal finishes. I qualified for World Cup competition this season, which now allows me to compete at an international level. I have also just received confirmation that I have been named to the US Adaptive Ski Team, my first ski career goal. My second is to make the US Paralympic Team and compete in Sochi, Russia in 2014.
The next step for me is a daunting one. To stay competitive and qualify for the Paralympics, I need to compete at World Cup races in the US and abroad. All this comes with a price tag. There are some national disabled sports foundations that provide some limited funding which I have taken advantage of when able. My family and I are also working hard to make this dream come true financially. I will now be eligible for some funding from the US Team but it will not cover all the expenses I will have to cover to meet my goal. Last season, the cost to myself and my family was $30,000. The upcoming season will require more funds due to the increased number of competitions all over the world. Every little bit will help. Feel free to contact me at any time. THANK YOU!
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U.S. Paralympics, a division of the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC), has announced the 15 athletes and three guides who have been named to the 2011-12 U.S. Paralympics Alpine Skiing National Team.
The team features 11 athletes that competed at the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver, including medalists Alana Nichols (Farmington, N.M.), Laurie Stephens (Wenham, Mass.), Danelle Umstead (Taos, N.M.), Stephani Victor (Park City, Utah) and Mark Bathum (Seattle, Wash.).
2011-12 U.S. Paralympics Alpine Skiing National Team announced